Goodell Agrees to Meet with Vilma
Peter Ginsberg, who represents Vilma, said on Tuesday that the recently reinstated Saints player will notify the NFL that he plans to meet with Goodell to discuss the allegations, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.
UPDATE: Wednesday, September 12 at 1:52 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford
According to ESPN reporter Ed Werder, Roger Goodell has decided to meet with Vilma and the other Saints players involved in the bounty scandal:
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has agreed to meet with all four players suspended for their alleged involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. In accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, Goodell will meet with Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove.
Werder's report also mentions that "The dates of the meeting have not been determined, but they likely will not occur before next week." And that, "Goodell has said he will determine any punishment in the case after hearing from the reinstated players."
This case seems to take an interesting twist every day. Stay tuned for an update regarding a specific meeting time.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, September 11 at 1:26 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke
Jonathan Vilma issued a response via text message on Tuesday to the news that he will meet with Roger Goodell in the near future to discuss the bounty allegations (via ESPN.com's Ed Werder):
I'm expecting a fair meeting, unlike the June 18 appeals hearing. We can all benefit from transparency regarding evidence and witnesses instead of using conjecture or hearsay to come to inaccurate conclusions. I look forward to getting this accomplished.
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The commissioner suspended Vilma for the 2012 season for his alleged role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program, but he was reinstated this past weekend after an appeals panel overturned the suspension.
Here is what Ginsberg told ESPN, per Werder's report:
If the Commissioner feels sitting down with Jonathan and discussing matters will lead to a quick and fair resolution, Jonathan has been and continues to be willing to cooperate in any way that helps the truth come out.
It only makes sense at this point that Vilma reach out to the commissioner and attempt to clear the air and start over.
The Saints' reputation has sustained a major hit over the past few months, and both parties deserve to hear the other's side of the story.
Tuesday's news likely signals that a resolution to the ongoing distraction in New Orleans is on its way.
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